Last week we including "Pancho Villa" by Sun Kil Moon from the album "Ghosts of the great highway" and we stick with Moon and that album this week as we go to their long and touching song "Duk Koo Kim", which again takes it's title from an Asian fighter.
The fighter in question is another tragic figure from Asian boxing, with the man in question being Duk Koo Kim, who famously passed away following a Lightweight world title bout with Ray Mancini.
We think every fight fan is aware of the fight, which saw Kim being stopped in round 14 and his death having massive consequences beyond just himself, with the referee and Kim's mother both committing suicide following the bout. The bout was also responsible for the change from 15 to 12 round fights in the years that followed.
The song is one that will appeal, musically, to some, but even if it's not musically to everyone's taste it's nice to think that Kim's death touched an American musician so much that around 20 years later he would record a song regarding Kim.
American music Mark Kozelek put together a quartet that recorded music under the name Sun Kil Moon, which was inspired by the great Korean fighter. The debut album by the group was "Ghosts of the Lost Highway" which was originally released in 2003, and then re-released in 2007.
The album has several tracks with titles and lyrics inspired by boxers, including the 10th and final track from the original release, "Pancho Villa".
Pancho Villa is of course the Filipino great from the early 1900's who fought between 1919 and 1925, and ran up a record of 77-4-4 (22), at least from what we know. He was only 23 when he died but his place in history is vital with the Filipino being the first ever Asian world champion.
The track, which is completely in English, talks about Villa and references him, his age when he died and the Philippines in what is rather touching song about one of boxing's many tragic figures.
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